Recent Stock Purchase – April 2015

For those that have been following my blog for a while now, know that I like to make buys every single month no matter what market conditions may exist. It was this attitude I had towards investing that enabled me to continue to make monthly buys even during the depths of the financial crisis and to slowly average down each position in my portfolio as it was bleeding red from top to bottom. I feel that having a steady attitude and discipline is key to being a long term dividend investor. There are some people out there that like to buy high and sell low as panic sets in. There are others that sell each time a stock cuts its dividend. For my personal taste I always ask myself if the market and company has fundamentally changed or not. Am I looking at a broken stock or broken company? Typically I find that the answer is a broken stock more so than a broken company. It was this realization that allowed me to keep and add to my General Electric Company (GE), Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) and Ingersoll-Rand Plc (IR) during the depths of the recession and dividend cuts. My present self is happy that my past self did not sell any of those shares at a loss back in 2009. The take away from all of this is to remain disciplined and put those dollars to work in all market conditions. There are always decent buys that are available in every market. With that being said I’d like to share my most recent buy. Sticking to my April stock considerations, as well as having some free trades expiring this month, I decided to continue to add to my Canadian bank holdings and average down my purchase price further.


I have added to my ROTH account 14.7411 shares at $54.27 for a total investment of $800 in The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS). With this recent purchase my ROTH account holdings in BNS now totals 100.0607 shares for a value of $5,423.29.


I am still looking to initiate a new position in Dover Corporation (DOV), as mentioned in my recent April stock consideration post as well as another potential newcomer Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM).


What do you think about my most recent purchase? Is BNS or any other Canadian bank stock in your dividend income portfolio? What about DOV and ADM? Please let me know below.


Disclosure: Long GE, WFC, IR, BNS

46 thoughts on “Recent Stock Purchase – April 2015

    • Hi JC,

      I fully agree that all the large Canadian banks are broken stocks and not broken companies. Just a matter of time before conditions change and they start firing on all cylinders once again. Of course, my primary concern with BNS or any stock I own for that matter is whether or not the dividend is safe and can continue to grow. I still have a few free trades left for April and I’d hate for them to expire unused so I may start two small positions in DOV and ADM. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  1. Hey DivHut. Awesome Purchase! Scotiabank is definitely the best buy at the moment from the Canadian banks. I like it! I will buy more Canadian banks but they have all run up close to 5-10% since I last wanted to buy. In my opinion, TD bank is probably the best Canadian bank going forward. Thanks for sharing and take care bud.
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    • Hi DH,

      Always nice to hear a fellow shareholder speak so highly of a sector that I just invested in. Of course, I have been adding to my Canadian banks almost every single month since last summer slowly averaging down my cost. True they had a nice run up in recent weeks but still present some pretty good value and current yield which is why I have continued to add to my positions. As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi TP,

      One thing I can say about my investing adventure is that I have stayed consistent and stuck to my plan during one of the worst sell offs in history as well as one of the longest bull runs too. I am happy as long as I make at least one purchase every single month. The future could look very bright for banks in general and Canadian banks especially once oil prices rebound and interest rates begin to rise. I still feel that the Canadian banks offer some of the best value and current yield in the market today. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi FerdiS,

      For whatever reason, ADM and DOV, two amazing long term dividend payers, don’t get as much attention as I think they deserve among the dividend bloggers. Perhaps the current yield doesn’t get people excited or there’s some other factor I’m not aware of. At the very least, I’m happy to know that ADM had made your recent potential buy list. Look forward to reading your ADM post. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  2. A timely post as I read about GE keeping it’s dividend as is until after 2016. I am invested for the long term, like you, so I’m not selling. I will of course continue to monitor, but I still think GE will do just fine. Congrats on adding to your dividend income. As for ADM, this has been a good buy for me thus far. Thank you for the post.

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    • Hi HMB,

      A while back I wrote a post titled, “Do You Sell After A Dividend Cut?,” which I feel may be timely with the GE freeze. I feel too often that many dividend investors are quick to sell a stock that freezes or cuts a dividend without looking at the bigger long term picture. I’m happy I did not sell my GE during the financial crisis. Sure my dividend income took a hit but that’s why I own over forty companies and not one and while GE cut its dividend almost every other holding increased their distribution to make up for the GE cut. I also was able to average down my GE cost quite a bit during that time. Happy to hear you will be sticking to your GE for now. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi R2R,

      Thanks for that vote of confidence. Of course, you probably know by now that I have been adding to my Canadian banks almost every month since last summer. While I still like the sector I feel it may be time to buy into other opportunities such as DOV and ADM. I still may add more to my Canadian banks this month or initiate small positions in DOV and ADM as I still have free trades left expiring this month which can give me a chance to nibble on some stock at zero commish. Here’s to the large Canadian banks and their low PEs and high yield. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi Tawcan,

      Quite honestly one of the main reasons for this recent buy was to average down my cost in BNS as well as having a few free trades expiring this month that I wanted to make use of. Not the best reason to buy a stock but the large Canadian banks, despite the recent run up still offer good value and great current yield. I’m still looking at more BNS and potentially TD too. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi TBDI,

      One of the benefits of owning Canadian stocks in a retirement account is that you won’t be subjected to any withholding tax. Keep an eye out for those large Canadian stocks including, TD, BNS, RY, BMO and CM. Even though they experienced a nice run up in recent weeks I think they still look attractive from a valuation and current yield perspective. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi DD,

      One of my few 100 share positions. The only others I have is with AFL and GE. Of course, I don’t think I’m done with the Canadian banks and may still add more before April is over. Good to hear some positive remarks regarding BNS from you and your aunt who worked there and saw first hand how the bank was run. As always, I appreciate your comment.

  3. DivHut,

    I like that BNS buy. In fact all of the Canadian banks are high on my watch list, and when the time comes I plan on adding them if it makes sense. I like their business model and track record of consistency.


    • Hi DG,

      The large Canadian banks have a long history of dividend payments and consistency that goes back well over one hundred years. Though they have experienced a nice run up in recent weeks I still feel they present a good value and great current yield. I still may make another purchase in April in the sector but only if I can average down my cost. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. BNS is a fine company for the long term. Canadian banks are good investments over the long haul, and are much more consevative than our banks are here. Banking isn’t my specialty, but an interesting name to add to you watch list is Bladex (BLX). Better yield, better growth, and good value. Take a look!
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    • Hi Brian,

      It’s no secret that I am a fan of the large Canadian banks and have been for some time. I have been adding to my positions in TD, BNS and RY since last summer and really had a good chance to average down my cost when oil took a dive and brought down the Canadian banks with it. Thanks for the BLX tip. I never heard of that one before and will look at it from a dividend perspective of course. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  5. DivHut,
    I’ve also been keeping an eye on the Canadian banks. Haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Though I did on Dover and hope to add more on a dip. But the dip isn’t happening. I see value in a lot of diversified industrials, and thankfully, they are some of the best DG stocks out there.
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    • Hi RBD,

      The banks along with oil have had a major run up in the last couple of weeks. I have been averaging down my cost with BNS which is why I made this most recent buy. Of course, that safe current high yield doesn’t hurt either. I’m happy to hear you picked up some more DOV. It really looks like an awesome long term dividend payer and has the makings of an ITW or some other major diversified industrial. I could kick myself for not buying when the price dipped to about $69 just a few days ago. I’ll keep an eye on it and may buy a small position just start using a free trade I still have left. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi FTFF,

      100 is certainly a nice round number. It’s my third 100+ share stock I own along with AFL and GE. I am not fully positioned in BNS. If dips present themselves and/or valuations and yield still look attractive I’ll be buying. I base my decision on being fully invested or not with my comfort level in owning a particular stock or sector. Though I own 100 shares of BNS my finance sector between my taxable and ROTH account is still small compared to my consumer staples and industrial names. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi Vivianne,

      Banking on banks… makes sense. Your comment highlights one of the main reasons I have liked the financial sector for many, many months. I have been adding to my Canadian banks since last summer and more aggressively since they all got hammered when oil took a major dive. I also like other financial names such as AFL which I added to as well several months ago and have been looking at TROW and BEN in the financial services. The bottom line is that the financial sector still has incredibly low PEs and certain banks have the low PEs coupled with fairly high and safe yield. What’s not to like? Thank you for commenting.

  6. As I may have already wrote here, I hold shares of NA which to me looks like the Canadian Bank with the most growth potential.And I sold my BNS shares to buy SNC Lavalin (an engineer Canadian company)… I may not fit much in your strategy! BUT I can see why Canadian Banks are appealing for many investors and would recommend many to buy some.


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    • Hi DG,

      That’s why we are all here sharing our buys, sells and thoughts on particular sectors. I know that NA is considered one of the Big 6 Canadian banks and you are right that it does offer a compelling growth story along with good current yield. Perhaps when my portfolio is much larger I’ll want to add to my Canadian bank holdings but for now holding three of them along with WFC I feel I have enough diversity among banks. I took this opportunity to gain some good current yield and average down my cost on BNS. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi divorcedff,

      There’s no questioning the dividend history of ADM and the significance of what they do in a world with an ever growing population. Since I have some free trades expiring soon I may just start a small position in ADM and DOV as I have been eyeing them for a few weeks now. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi Ryan,

      Judging by the comments it seems that many of the dividend bloggers still like the Canadian banks and BNS. For now, I plan to continue to “stick to my guns” as financial stocks are still not that large of a sector holding among my two portfolios. Once my financial holdings start to get close to my consumer staples and industrial weightings I’ll pull back on the throttle a bit. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi BSR,

      Getting paid to wait… that’s the name of the game. I have been buying up the Canadian banks for many months averaging down my cost after oil took a hammer to all my holdings. Of course, that nice current yield doesn’t hurt either. Happy to be a fellow shareholder. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi EL,

      Like you I was focused almost exclusively on U.S. stocks but found a few other amazing long term investments that deserve a spot in my portfolio. Such names include, IR, ALLE (spinoff of IR), DEO and UL to name a few. I think there’s good reason many dividend bloggers like the Canadian banks and why you will find one to five of those banks in almost every DGI portfolio. The large Canadian banks have been paying dividends uninterrupted for over 100 years. Of course, past performance is not indicative of future results but it’s hard to argue with that type of longevity. The relative low PEs they have along with current high yield doesn’t hurt either. As always, I thank you for commenting.

    • Hi DD,

      Thanks for the vote of confidence with the BNS buy. I still think the large Canadian banks offer good value and high current yield relative to other stocks out there which is why I continue to add to my holdings. Happy to hear of another watcher of ADM. It looks like a great dividend stock along with DOV but doesn’t seem to get much attention. Perhaps it’s the relative low yield they offer. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Hi Divhut,
    Scotia is a good buy for sure. I’ll probably buy some TD, Royal Bank or BNS over the next few weeks. I’m pretty anxious to start contributing to my “dividend machine” again. I took some time off and it will feel great to add some extra fuel again to my portfolio! Fortunately enough my “cash machine” pumped cash on its own in the form of dividends and dividend raises while I was away. And I expect other raises pretty soon from CVX, Exxon and Jean-Coutu. Seing that working by its own was just cool! It’s a great feeling to see the dividend growth compounding machine working by itself to make us wealthier.


    • Hi Allan,

      Your comment highlights one of the main benefits of being a dividend growth investor… compounding. Once there’s enough fuel in our dividend machines they begin to crank out some pretty nice distributions all on their own. I’m still keeping an eye out for the Canadian banks come May. I have some other names that I’d like to add to as well so we’ll see how April finishes up. I have some free trades that expire this month so it may be a good reason to nibble on some new positions. As always I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi dividenddreamer,

      It’s all about adding to the dividend pot. Adding fresh capital always accelerates the snowball growth. I plan to hold on to GE even after their dividend announcement. I have held through the cut during the financial crisis and simply averaged down my cost. GE is in the middle of a huge transformation after selling off its media units, low margin appliance business and now financial arm to shift focus on the big ticket higher margin industrial items such as medical equipment, locomotives and the like. I’ll continue to hold for the foreseeable future. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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